Me with my muse, Bailey!

About Allison Shamrell Photography:

Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Allison, and I work in San Diego, CA, capturing the personalities of dogs and cats of all sizes & temperaments. I do photo sessions on location and in-studio, wherever my clients prefer! My photography style is natural, playful & soulful.

Here on my blog, I tell the stories of recent sessions and events. You might even find an insight or two into the behind-the-scenes side of my business! I hope you have fun looking around!

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619-357-6624  ~  ~  3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116

Officially Voted the Best Pet Photographer in San Diego, 2014-2017, by the San Diego A-List.

Dog Photography in the Park: Session with Rusty, Cleo & Tucker

I shared a fun & beautiful photo session with three little dogs recently – and two of them might look familiar to my regular blog readers! If you saw Cleo & Tucker’s blog post a few months ago, you already know how adorable my subjects for this session are – and this time they brought their friend with them, a dachshund named Rusty! I arrived at our park location and was greeted with a cacophony of barking & yipping, as all three dogs were waiting anxiously to get started! And indeed, they all posed for the camera like little champs. (Even Rusty, the “newbie”, haha!) It’s a good thing Cleo & Tucker were there to show him the ropes…


We met in beautiful San Dieguito County Park, in Solana Beach. It’s a dog-friendly park, and a perfect spot for photo sessions. I don’t ever recommend doing photo sessions in dog parks, but parks that are dog-friendly (just not specifically for dogs) are perfect! Dog park photography sessions would include dozens of other dogs in the photos, and it’d be near impossible to get & keep my subject’s attention… whereas parks where dogs are welcome (sometimes even when they’re off-leash!) are typically less crowded, better-maintained & better spots overall! So thanks to my clients for trusting me when I discourage them from dog park photography, for aesthetic reasons… even if the dog park is their pup’s favorite place in town!


This is Tucker, the goofball of the group. He’s a chihuahua mix and I just love his larger-than-life ears. He may not be the smartest dog in the group, but like his mom says, “it’s a good thing he’s so cute!” haha!

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 This is Cleo, the queen of speed! She’s completely ball-obsessed, and definitely put my action photography skills to the test… look at that focus! Cleo would play fetch until she collapses; there’s no “off” button on this girl!

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 And this is their friend, photo-session-first-timer Rusty! He’s 11 years old, and has a bit of a distinguished old soul spirit that somehow combines with the fun-loving nature of a dachshund… he was so much fun to work with! I know he means the world to his mom, and I absolutely loved meeting & photographing him!

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Robbi & Cyndi, thank you for a lovely afternoon in the park! I had a fabulous time with you & your dogs. I can’t wait to see you both in the studio again soon!


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2 Responses to “Dog Photography in the Park: Session with Rusty, Cleo & Tucker”

  1. Elaine says:

    These dogs are adorable! Each with their own personality :)

  2. […] new friends. But we found a part of the island that was all to ourselves; because as I mentioned in this blog post about dogs in parks, I don’t often hold photo sessions at dog parks/beaches, just since that usually means […]

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